September 23, 2015

Preparing for the season of Thanksgiving

The crisp air this week isn’t the only sign that Thanksgiving season is almost upon us.  The Ottawa Mission kitchen has also started the planning for our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

Although The Mission kitchen serves an average of 1297 meals every day of the year to people who are homeless or hungry, preparing a special holiday meal like Thanksgiving dinner takes a lot of extra food and extra work.
It’s estimated about 2800 plates of turkey (and all the fixings) will be served up at the five hour afternoon event on the Thanksgiving Monday, October 12th.

At the centre of this special meal, of course, is delicious roasted turkey.

Chef Ric Watson heads up the team of volunteers and staff members who will debone, cook and carve about 90 large turkeys, or an estimated 2,500 lbs of turkey, during the entire week before the big dinner.

You may wonder where all that turkey comes from.

Every fall, The Ottawa Mission asks for community donations of large frozen turkeys and every year, generous people like you come forward to help.

If you would like to contribute a Thanksgiving turkey for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner, donations can be dropped off anytime at The Ottawa Mission Front Desk, located at 35 Waller Street. Arrangements can also be made to have a donation picked up. The number to call for that is 613-234-1144, ext 248.

Your gift will bring food to the hungry and hope to many people – and  for that, The Ottawa Mission is very thankful.